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BACKGROUND Epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor (EGFR-TKI) is the standard therapy for advanced lung adenocarcinomas with common EGFR mutations. Preclinical studies have suggested that uncommon G719X, L861Q, and S768I mutations are also sensitive to EGFR-TKIs. However, the efficacy of EGFR-TKIs in patients with these uncommon mutations(More)
PURPOSE Recent studies have shown that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) obtained from bone marrow transplantation patients originate from the host. This clinical observation suggests that MSCs in their niches could be resistant to irradiation. However, the biologic responses of bone marrow MSCs to irradiation have rarely been described in the literature. (More)
INTRODUCTION Diffuse alveolar damage (DAD) is the pathological hallmark of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), however, the presence of DAD in the clinical criteria of ARDS patients by Berlin definition is little known. This study is designed to investigate the role of DAD in ARDS patients who underwent open lung biopsy. METHODS We retrospectively(More)
PROBLEM Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common gynecological endocrine disorder. This study was to evaluate whether insulin receptor substrate (IRS)-2 Gly1057Asp polymorphism influences chronic inflammatory parameters in Taiwanese patients with PCOS. METHOD OF STUDY DNA was extracted from whole blood samples for genotyping and detection of IRS-2(More)
BACKGROUND Accumulating data shows that exon 19 deletions and L858R, both activating epidermal growth factor receptor mutations in non-small-cell lung cancers (NSCLCs), are just two different entities in terms of prognosis and treatment response to tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). METHODS A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled(More)
PURPOSE Malignant pleural effusion is an important staging criterion in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Although cytologic examination remains the major diagnostic tool for NSCLC-related malignant pleural effusion, sometimes other invasive methods maybe required. Aberrant activation of Wnt signaling pathway due to Wnt inhibitory factor-1 (WIF-1)(More)
Mechanical ventilation in patients may increase the risk of an acute lung injury (ALI), termed ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI). Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) have previously been shown to improve tissue repair in different disease models, including ALI. However, the therapeutic efficacy of iPSCs-derived conditioned medium (iPSC-CM) on ALI or(More)
INTRODUCTION Smoking status is an important determinant of the prevalence of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations in lung cancer patients. However, it is unclear whether smoking status could also influence the spectrum of EGFR mutations. METHODS We enrolled patients with lung adenocarcinoma from three medical centers in Taiwan. EGFR mutations(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE This study aimed to identify markers of disseminated infection in patients presenting with pulmonary cryptococcosis. METHODS Patients diagnosed with pulmonary cryptococcosis at a tertiary hospital between April 1998 and April 2005 were included and their clinical, radiological and pathological data analysed retrospectively. (More)
The use of Synthetic Amphiphile INTeraction-18 (SAINT-18) carrying plasmid pigment epithelium-derived factor (p-PEDF) as an anti-angiogenesis strategy to treat corneal neovascularization in a rat model was evaluated. Four partially dried forms (Group A: 0 microg, B: 0.1 microg, C: 1 microg, D: 10 microg) of a p-PEDF-SAINT-18 were prepared and implanted into(More)